I’ve had this pattern in my queue for such a long time, and so was very excited when it was voted one of the patterns for the Super Special Six Pattern Sock Club (or in my case, the Totally Terrific Three Tsock Pattern Club!)
And I had the perfect yarn – the yarn called for in the pattern, in the exact colour used by the designer! It was, in fact, this pattern, which made me covet the Wollmeise Spice Market so much. Which is odd to me, since I hardly ever wear brown shades. But this colour, I just love it. The depth of colours, the way it works in this pattern.
I’m really sorry that I can’t capture it accurately in the photos!
, by Beth LaPensee. I made a few modifications to this pattern – just to accommodate my personal preferences. Lots of people in the group on Ravelry were determined to do the pattern as written, to try the short row heel and toe, but I suppose I wasn’t knitting them to learn something new, I just wanted a nice pair of socks that I knew would fit me – and short row heels are not friends with my feet!
Yarn: Wollmeise Twin (80/20) in Spice Market (dark). Cannot tell you how much I love knitting with Wollmeise and how happy I am with the way this colour knitted up! I used about 105gm of the 150 gm skein. What a nice bunch of leftovers!
Sticks: I used 2.75mm dpns for the cuff and first 3 pattern repeats, then changed to 2.5mm dpns for the rest of the leg and foot.
Modifications: Instead of the folded cuff, I did a tubular cast on with a twisted 1×1 rib. Instead of the short row heel I did my favourite eye of partridge heel flap and gussets. And finally, instead of the short row toe I did a standard wedge toe.
Time: We had two months to knit this pattern, and I made it, hurrah! 1 March 2011 – 29 April 2011.
It’s interesting, there is a lot of talk about how this pattern biases – which it does, for many people! The designer suggests it is due to how you pick up the stitches when knitting down the turned cuff, but I think it is the pattern itself, as mine biased and I did a different cuff entirely. But the biasing doesn’t bother me, I just make sure the sock is twisted around correctly when I put it on!
I love my lovely new wollmeise socks (my first pair for myself – it won’t be the last!)